Perception is your natural/ carnal ability to perceive/ judge a thing based upon the limited knowledge of the carnal mind, reasoning, and understanding.perception is how you feel about a thing.
Discernment is the ability to know/discern a thing based upon the heart of God and his feelings and thoughts concerning the matter. Discernment is how God feels about a thing.
All to often we come into contact with carnal Christians who think they know you, and can judge you based upon their own feelings, and thoughts concerning you. When in reality they cannot see or know anything other than what they know naturally. Neither do they have the true ability to judge a matter, simply because they judge by the natural senses rather than have the spiritual senses exercised that is much needed to really know or discern the person, thing, or matter.
The lack of discernment among the body of Christ, in those who have not reach a spiritual maturity, is at an all time high. When I sought the Lord to know and understand this matter and why it is so, He began to give me much revelation concerning this.
There is nothing more irritating and vexing to a true discerning Christian, than to be in the presence of a carnal Christian, who has a misguided and false perception of who you are in God, and who He is in you.
When I asked the Holy Spirit, what is the root of this on going problem that is causing a person not to see and discern correctly, the Word He gave me, was PRIDE. Yes, pride, lack of discernment among the body of Christ, is rooted in pride!
Pride first enters a man/ women when they have insecurities concerning themselves, and a lack of knowledge. Rather than get into the presence of God, and learn how to cast off this spirit of insecurity, and gain knowledge, and get the revelation of the Father, and who he is, and who they are in him, they go on to open the door for pride to enter. This is actually the beast, Satan himself, who loves to exalt his own knowledge above that of the Father God. Knowledge without understanding, can be deadly.
The spirit of pride begins to be their God. It is the voice of Satan they hear, rather than the voice of God. The lack of knowledge causes a deaf and dumb spirit to enter the person, spiritually speaking, to block them from hearing the voice of God and seeing correctly with His eyes. Often times, and in most cases, the person who is filled with pride, is completely blind to this spirit that is operating within them.
They tend to view themselves very highly, as if they have all knowledge; puffed up individuals, who think they know everything and they begin to walk in self righteousness, trying to judge everyone around them. Why? Because Satan does not want to reveal himself to them, he wants them to think it is they who are so wise and so discerning. They have no idea that they have left off, and blocked out, the true spirit of the living God.
In fact they continue to operate in the carnal reasoning and Satan fills their heart more and more until this person can almost become unbearable to even be around for the true Christian. (This is what is called suffering the contradiction. Do not be weary, consider Jesus who also suffered such a contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be weary and faint in your own minds, (Hebrews 12:3)).
They go on operating in their flesh nature, thinking they are doing God some kind of great service, and well as the people whom they are trying to lead into further deception. It is the blind leading the blind, and we know where they shall end up together – in the ditch!
God is wanting to see people delivered from this deception, and oftentimes He sends many true discerning Christians to them. Oftentimes God himself has dealt with them many times, yet they refuse to hear His voice because they have become accustomed to following their own spirits, and the voice of Satan. They have gone on to be filled with rebellion, which is as witchcraft. They pray against the true believers prayers, thinking they are doing God a great service. They war in the spirit against the true christian and this is the vexing and warfare that the true Christian, with the heart of God, is experiencing and feeling when this spirit is operating around them.
The enemy has sowed these tares among the true people of God. God himself, is doing the separating in this hour. He is separating his true sheep/ wheat from these goats/ tares. He himself is gathering His own elect together, those who make up the true body of Christ, who have and are, overcoming the wicked one.
The fire of God shall come forth in this hour and devour the stubble and consume the chaff, because the very root is rottenness. They justify the wicked and condemn the just, and try to take away the righteousness of the righteous.
God, who is mighty in battle and great in all of His works, is in this hour coming forth with the spirit of burning. His words will be fire in the mouths of his people/ prophets and shall even come forth as a hammer that breaketh in this hour. For God is not pleased with a stubborn, rebellious people, who refuse to hear His voice and obey Him. The only way one can truly get delivered from this spirit, is to awake and see the own condition of their own wicked heart, and seek true, genuine, repentance. God’s hand is stretched out still, to a rebellious people.
“Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Behold the decree, bring forth, the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of The Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you,” Zephaniah 2:1-2.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire, Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into his garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire,” Matthew 3 11-12.
~ Kimberly Fuller